Excerpt: Side scrolling shooters are a lost art from, and back in the eighties there were a few key contenders battling it out for the dominate coin eater in the local milk bar, one of those contenders was Matt Hazard.
Summary: It is hard to directly pinpoint the thinking behind moving Matt Hazard from FPS to 2.5D shooter. Maybe it was the acclaim lavished upon Bionic Commando: Rearmed or Shadow Complex’s reimagining of a classic game play style in a 3D engine, perhaps it was inspired by its own fake history and Contra rip-offs, or maybe it was simply a easy way to make use of the 3D assets the team had left over from the first game.
Excerpt: Big fucking guns, with chainsaws. Manly men, huge shoot-outs, bullets dodging and cover jumping. Giant aliens, laser satellites and night loving air piranhas. This was Gears of War; all wrapped in beautiful graphics; complete with brilliantly integrated cooperative play. It was sweet. Gears of War 2 hits shelves recently.
Excerpt: Picking up shortly following the events of Eat Lead, the story of Blood Bath and Beyond sees one of Hazard’s arch enemies, General Neutronov, traveling back in time to kidnap 8-bit Matt. The theory? If General Neutronov deletes 8-bit Matt, current-gen Matt will never have existed.
Excerpt: Matt Hazard, the fictional video game icon, is fast becoming a non-fictional…fictional…video game hero. Blood Bath and Beyond marks Hazard’s second real video game outing. His debut in Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard was less than dazzling. Funny? Sure, at times. Fun to play? Not so much.
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Conclusion: Matt Hazard: Blood Bath & Beyond is one of those games that you can’t take too seriously otherwise you will miss out on lots of humorous moments and you won’t enjoy the game fully. Though with a price point of $15 (1200 MS Points), the game seems a bit pricey, however after spending several playing the title, I feel that the game’s price is well worth the enjoyment factor you will get out of the game.
Review: Matt Hazard in Blood Bath & Beyond (Xbox 360, PS3)
17 January 2010
Conclusion: Matt Hazard in Blood Bath & Beyond is a good example of what a side scrolling action shooter should be. Sure it’s got a few rough edges, but overall it’s a fun game. We hope that this won’t be the last time we see Matt Hazard.